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Plenary Session

9:30 AM -

 10:30 AM


Valuing What Matters

GDP and financial profits have not been able to sufficiently assess and drive the long-term prosperity of businesses and societies around the world, yet they remain the standard for measuring progress. Governments, civil society, and businesses need to redefine value to address not just the economic but the social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. In this session, key leaders across sectors will reimagine how CGI members can:

• identify which indicators and measurement systems can be implemented to drive progress for the public, private, and non-profit sectors
• assess and internalize externalities and non-quantifiable outcomes to provide a broader picture of impact
• utilize big data to capture, analyze, and drive results in both real time and over the long term

Moderator:

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Participants:

Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company
Jack Ma, Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Finance Minister, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

 
Breakout Sessions

11:00 AM -

 12:30 PM


CGI Conversation hosted by CNBC's Becky Quick

Do Consumers Care?

Session Features:  Filmed for Broadcast  •   Panel


The global economic crisis that took hold six years ago and the subsequent recession raised new hopes, expectations, and fears about the relationship between corporations and consumers. While more than 50 percent of consumers worldwide say that they are willing to reward companies that give back to society, they often still pick the easy and affordable options that provide short-term gratification and convenience. Corporations are exploring how to produce meaningfully sustainable products and services that are better for consumer health, fairer to those who produce them, and cleaner for our planet, while also helping consumers navigate an abundance of choices. As the relationship between business and consumers continues to reset after the economic crisis, CEOs in this panel discussion will:

• identify the role consumers expect corporations and their leaders to play in moving society and economic opportunity, as well as innovation, forward
• explore the value of socially-responsible corporate efforts to investors and which social benefits all stakeholders expect corporations to provide
• determine ways for CGI members to promote transparency and understanding between business and society, enabling consumers to make educated purchasing decisions that are in their long-term interests

Moderator:

Becky Quick, Co-anchor, Squawk Box, CNBC

 

Scalable Ideas: Pitching for Partnerships

Session Features:  Commitment Pitches  •   Interactive  •   Networking


Commitment-makers “pitch” their Commitments to Action to an expert panel, then network with the audience to rethink their current strategies, identify potential resources, and establish innovative partnerships. This session will highlight commitment-makers’ work in the built environment and environmental stewardship, with an emphasis on sustainable sourcing.

Moderator:

David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

Speakers:

Patrick Awuah, President, Ashesi University
Caryl Levine, Co-founder and Co-owner, Lotus Foods, Inc.
Eric Olsen, Group Executive Vice President of Operations, Lafarge
Sarah Otterstrom, Founder and Executive Director, Paso Pacifico
Nick Reding, Executive Director, S.A.F.E.
Sean Willmore, President and Managing Director, The Thin Green Foundation/ International Ranger Federation
José A. Zaglul, President, EARTH University

Panelists:

Afsaneh Beschloss, Founder, President, and CEO, The Rock Creek Group
Allison Duncan, Founder and CEO , Amplifier Strategies
Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank

 
Small Group Discussions

11:00 AM -

 12:30 PM


Delivering Low-Cost Degrees to 40-million People

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Networking  •   Interactive


There is an increasing need to expand the talent pool around the world to meet the professional challenges of the 21st century. However, access to and the affordability of higher education continue to widen the gap between those seeking to become career-ready and the employers seeking skilled talent to fill current and future workforce demands. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have enormous potential to provide access to high-quality coursework to tens of millions of students around the world, and offer an untraditional pathway to attaining employable skills critical to diminishing the existing skills gap.

In this session, CGI members will learn strategies for harnessing this innovative learning model—with the support of third-party accreditation—to build a highly-skilled global workforce.

Remarks:

Anant Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer, edX
Tim Bozik, President, Higher Education, Pearson

Moderator:

Zoë Baird, CEO and President, Markle

 

Market Mechanisms as Tools in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Networking  •   Commitment Development  •   Interactive


Increasingly, anti-slavery advocates are employing market-based industry incentives such as investment, capacity building, and market access to companies in high-slavery-risk industries willing to transform their practices. The end goal is a better product made by happier—and safer—workers.

This session will garner lessons from several Commitments to Action made by CGI members that utilize this approach, in industries ranging from agriculture to household goods. Members will discuss successful market interventions, examine strategies for replicating and scaling innovative initiatives, and identify potential new partnerships in this space.

Remarks:

Greg Asbed, Co-founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Lucas Benitez, Co-founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Cheryl Queen, Vice President, Communication, Compass Group USA

 

Mobile Partnerships for Financial Inclusion

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Networking  •   Commitment Development  •   Interactive


One person out of every three in the world lacks access to the most basic financial services provided by banks and insurance companies. Serving this population—namely those living at the bottom of the pyramid—through micro-lending, micro-savings, and micro-insurance initiatives has proven successful in achieving pathways to economic stability and more sustained prosperity. Mobile technology in particular has given rise to new and innovative ways to deliver those services to the people who need them most, yet this population remains largely untapped.

In this session, CGI members will discuss why large, established financial service providers across the globe often struggle to work with consumers at the bottom of the pyramid, and how the development of new partnerships with organization more adept at operating in the sector—from NGOs to telecommunications companies—can lead to greater empowerment, stability, and economic gains for all.

Participants:

Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
Arjuna Costa, Investment Partner, Omidyar Network
Lawrence Yanovitch, President , GSMA Mobile Development Foundation

 

Proving the Interdependence of Conservation, Profitability, and Economic Growth

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Networking  •   Commitment Development  •   Interactive


CGI members—from key business leaders to local NGOs—have made significant strides in developing operational and financial frameworks and tools for conserving, restoring, and using nature sustainably. Developed as core business priorities, as part of economic development plans, or as conservation-focused initiatives, these cross-sector efforts recognize the value of linking the economy and nature to ensure the long-term viability of the world’s ecosystems.

This session will highlight specific examples that illustrate this relationship across industries, issues, and geographies. CGI members will identify potential pathways to hasten the adoption of tools that prioritize both economic and environmental value. Advances in wild sourcing, ecosystem services valuation, human and environmental health, response and resiliency, ocean and terrestrial conservation, and the role of women in promoting environmental stewardship will be examined.

Participants:

Patrick Bergin, Chief Executive Officer , African Wildlife Foundation
Gonzalo Castro de la Mata, Member of the Supervisory Council, Wetlands International
Michelle Fox, Wild Sky Rancher, American Prairie Reserve
Sean Gerrity, President, American Prairie Reserve
Nate Hurst, Global Director of Environmental & Living Progress, HP
Shannon Schuyler, Corporate Responsibility Leader, PwC
Nigel Stansfield, Chief Innovations Officer, Interface, Inc.

 

The Business Case for Preparedness

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Networking  •   Commitment Development  •   Interactive


Since 1970, the number of people exposed to large-scale floods and tropical cyclones has doubled. In addition to the humanitarian toll, the cost of international humanitarian aid rose 430 percent between 2004 and 2013. The economic implications of natural disasters extend to businesses, driving up internal expenditures and creating challenges for their customers. Typically, large-scale disasters prompt spontaneous participation of the private sector in emergency response—but business can play a much larger role in helping to enhance an at-risk country’s preparedness before a disaster strikes. A region that is increasingly attracting investors and business operations, Southeast Asia, also has a history of vulnerability to natural disasters, including the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, and most recently, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013.

In this session, CGI members will draw on lessons learned in the aftermath of the typhoon as well as other past disasters, and explore strategies that leverage the business community’s capacities for continuity and resiliency planning aimed at reducing vulnerability while increasing their competitive advantage.

Moderator:

Dennis Walto, Vice President of Program Innovation and Performance, International Medical Corps

Participants:

Eric Cesal, Executive Director, Architecture For Humanity
Joe Gebbia, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Airbnb, Inc.
Eduardo Martinez, President, The UPS Foundation
Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco Systems Foundation

 

Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategies

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Networking  •   Interactive


Protecting women’s sexual and reproductive health is paramount to truly empowering women, and is essential to poverty alleviation. However, various challenges to maternal and neonatal health remain, and are further compounded by vague support systems. For example, fistula, a condition resulting from prolonged obstructed labor or sexual violence, often leads to the marginalization of women by their societies, stigmatizing them and sentencing them to a life of dependency. Despite being a preventable and treatable condition, approximately 2 to 4 million women in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East remain untreated.

This session will bring together CGI members who are employing holistic solutions to address maternal health challenges—from tackling structural systems that increase the prevalence of child marriage or access to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations, to empowering those living with fistula to regain their health and financial independence. Members will explore new opportunities for creative collaboration to protect the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all women.

Remarks:

John Fair, Chief Commercial Officer, Evofem
Benoit Kalasa, Director of the Regional Office for West and Central Africa, United Nations Population Fund

Participants:

Molly Melching, Executive Director, Tostan

 
Plenary Session

1:00 PM -

 2:15 PM


Cities as Labs of Innovation

Lunch will be served at 12:30 PM

Today, half of the world’s population lives in cities—and by 2030, there will be five billion urban dwellers. With an estimated five million migrants moving to cities each month, the rapid pace of urbanization globally has left many with limited access to essential services, most notably affecting the one billion people living in slums. Despite this, urban dwellers have built a $10 trillion informal economy. They have used their cities as laboratories of innovation and entrepreneurship, and have worked to create solutions that bridge gaps in the provision of financial services, health care, and transportation. In this session, key leaders across sectors will reimagine how CGI members can:

• identify tools that can be used to unlock the inherent innovation occurring in cities, helping residents drive business and economic growth
• build networks of collaboration to scale up and replicate solutions at the national and global levels

Moderators:

Mohammad Parham Al Awadhi, Co-founder, Peeta Planet
Peyman Parham Al Awadhi, Co-founder, Peeta Planet

Participants:

Uridéia Andrade, Alumna, Gastromotiva
Emmanuel Chiezie, Project Co-ordinator, Dr. Aloy & Gesare Chife Foundation
Gesare Chife, Executive Director, Dr. Aloy & Gesare Chife Foundation
Matt Damon, Co-founder, Water.org
David Hertz, Founder and CEO, Gastromotiva
Gary White, CEO and Co-founder, Water.org

 
Breakout Sessions

2:30 PM -

 3:45 PM


CGI Conversation hosted by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria

The Pulse of Global Progress

Session Features:  Filmed for Broadcast  •   Panel


Solving the world’s greatest challenges requires vision, commitment, and leadership. Join prominent journalists and their guests—world leaders, business executives, philanthropists, and others—in a series of dynamic broadcast conversations about leading solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. In this session, filmed by CGI’s 2014 broadcast partner CNN and moderated by host Fareed Zakaria, world leaders will discuss current affairs, innovative solutions, and the positive partnerships that will drive progress in the world forward.

Moderator:

Fareed Zakaria, Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN

 

How can 2.5 billion people living without toilets gain access to sanitation?

Session Features:  Designing Ideas  •   Interactive  •   Group Discussion


Lack of sanitation diminishes people’s overall health, education, and safety—it results in an estimated $260 billion worth of lost productivity, increases healthcare costs, and leads to premature death. Notably, poor sanitation and hygiene result in diarrheal diseases which kills 1.8 million people annually, 90 percent of which are children under five years of age. Further, poor sanitation disproportionately impacts women—for example, more than 50 percent of girls worldwide attend schools without sanitation systems leading to increased absenteeism during menstruation. In this session, CGI members will reimagine how to:

• support NGOs and private enterprises in building sanitation infrastructure for both urban and rural environments
• assist entrepreneurs in providing sanitation solutions to their local communities
• design sanitation services to keep girls safe and in school

Remarks:

Martin Riant, Executive Sponsor, Global Sustainability and Group President, Global Baby, Feminine & Family Care, Procter & Gamble

Moderator:

Sandy Speicher, Associate Partner and Managing Director, Education, IDEO

Participants:

Jay Gould, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Standard Brands
Raya, “Cleaner, Happier, Healthier” Campaign, Sesame Street

 

Scalable Ideas: Pitching for Partnerships

Session Features:  Commitment Pitches  •   Interactive  •   Networking


Commitment-makers “pitch” their Commitments to Action to an expert panel, then network with the audience to rethink their current strategies, identify potential resources, and establish innovative partnerships. This session will highlight commitment-makers’ work in global health and on girls’ and women’s issues.

Moderator:

Pat Mitchell, Executive Vice Chair, The Paley Center for Media

Speakers:

Gary Barker, International Director, Promundo-US
Ulrick Gaillard, Founder and CEO, Batey Relief Alliance, Inc.
Jensine Larsen, Chief Executive Officer, World Pulse
Alisa Miller, President and CEO, Public Radio International
Alison Pavia, Executive Director, Peter C. Alderman Foundation
Jonathan Quick, President and CEO, Management Sciences for Health

Panelists:

Latondra Newton, Group Vice President and Chief Social Innovation Officer, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
V. Shankar, Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas, Standard Chartered Bank

 
Small Group Discussions

2:30 PM -

 3:45 PM


Driving the Early Childhood Development Agenda

Session Features:  Networking  •   Interactive


The early years of a child’s development are critical building blocks that set the foundation for future success. Investing in high-quality early childhood development (ECD) initiatives generates economic growth by improving health, education, and workforce outcomes. Building on the momentum of current research and other Annual Meeting sessions focused on ECD, CGI is interested in identifying members’ ECD priority areas.

In this session, CGI members will be provided with an analysis of the current state of ECD Commitments to Action. Members will engage in an interactive strategy session to identify the current critical needs of children, gaps, new ideas, and opportunities for collaboration to set the course of CGI’s future ECD efforts.

Participants:

Pia Britto, Senior Advisor, Early Childhood Development, UNICEF

 

Elephants Action Network

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Networking  •   Commitment Development  •   Interactive


Members of the Elephant Action Network will come together to discuss their CGI Commitments to Action—and the immediate next steps for 2015—needed to halt the poaching and killing of African elephants and to curb the rising demand for their ivory. In this session, CGI members will examine the progress made over the last year and efforts currently underway, focusing specifically on the following topics:

• Stop the Poaching: What are the available resources in areas of advanced technology, training, and capacity building to support anti-poaching efforts?
• Stop the Trafficking: How can we achieve better intelligence gathering through technology and training to cripple ivory supply chains in Africa and Asia?
• Stop the Demand: Who is purchasing ivory in China, how do we halt the rise in ivory purchases, and how can we use available data to develop and implement more efficient demand reduction strategies?


 

Networking for the Middle East and Africa

Session Features:  Networking  •   Commitment Development  •   Interactive


The Middle East and Africa have been experiencing profound social and economic changes over the past several decades—fostering a favorable environment for creative cooperation and innovation to achieve prosperity. By joining forces, the private sector, government, and civil society can mobilize efforts to help overcome some of the region’s most pressing challenges, such as access to quality education and natural resource management.

This session will bring together CGI members from, or with interests in, the Middle East and Africa to exchange ideas and network around how to best utilize the CGI community to generate solutions.


 

Non-Communicable Diseases Action Network

Session Features:  Collective Strategies  •   Networking  •   Commitment Development  •   Interactive


The global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)—including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes—currently accounts for 63 percent of global deaths. Of these fatalities, 80 percent occur in low- and middle-income countries, significantly impacting global productivity and well-being.

This session will bring together CGI members from both the public and private sectors to identify new partnership opportunities and Commitments to Action aimed at curbing the rise of NCDs. Members will build on the progress made by the NCD Action Network since 2011, and focus on solutions including the prevention of chronic disease risk factors and improved access to quality treatment.

Participants:

Sally G. Cowal, Senior Vice President, Global Health, American Cancer Society, Inc.
Nalini Saligram, Founder and CEO, Arogya World
Jeffrey L. Sturchio, President and CEO, Rabin Martin
Derek Yach, Executive Director, Vitality Institute

 

The Democratic Republic of Congo Action Network

Session Features:  Networking  •   Commitment Development  •   Interactive


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the potential to be the breadbasket of Africa—however, political instability, civil conflict, and lack of investment has hindered the economic trajectory of the country. Agricultural production has fallen 40 percent since 1990, and nearly 70 percent of the country’s 68 million people are classified by the United Nations as under-nourished. These nutritional and employment challenges can be alleviated by sustainable efforts including agricultural investment.

In this session, CGI members will learn about the DRC Action Network while further exploring long-term solutions, as well as hear from current commitment-makers and identifying potential partnerships.

Participants:

Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme
Willy Foote, Founder and CEO, Root Capital

 
Plenary Session

4:15 PM -

 5:30 PM


Putting Education to Work

Globally, nearly 75 million or 13 percent of young people are unemployed. In the Middle East and North Africa region, this number rises to more than 28 percent. The issue is compounded when factoring in the over 127 million adults worldwide who are also unemployed. Meanwhile, 40 percent of employers in the United States, 65 percent of Brazilian employers, and 64 percent of Indian employers report they are unable to fill job vacancies, potentially causing billions of dollars in losses. Connecting youth and adults to a value chain stretching from education to job opportunities is essential for achieving long-term economic growth and unlocking the human talent that drives the prosperity of businesses. In this session, key leaders across sectors will reimagine how CGI members can:

• collaborate across sectors—specifically companies, government, education, and training providers—to create real education-to-employment journeys for young people, as well as skills conversion for adults
• eliminate the barriers that keep those traditionally left behind from gaining meaningful employment opportunities

Moderator:

Nicholas Kristof, Columnist and Author, The New York Times

Participants:

Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates
John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco
Nisreen Mitwally, Alumna, Education For Employment (EFE)
Ashish Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group;, Founder, Mara Foundation

 
Special Event

6:30 PM -

 9:00 PM


The Future of Global Economic Growth: Proving the Case for Women Entrepreneurs

Hosted by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women

Session Features:  Off-Site Location  •   Pre-Registration Required


Hosted by CGI Sponsors, Topic Dinners provide a forum to discuss challenges and opportunities within specific focus areas, and allow CGI members to meet others with similar interests. Pre-registration is required.

Participants:

Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, The White House
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women
Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University

 

7:30 PM -

 10:30 PM


Hult Prize Award Dinner

Join President Clinton and a panel of judges as regional business school finalists pitch their solutions to address non-communicable diseases in urban and peri-urban communities, while competing for $1 million in start-up capital.

Participants:

Fadi Ghandour, Founder and Vice Chairman, Aramex
Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN
Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
Kathleen Rogers, President and CEO, Earth Day Network
Ashish Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group;, Founder, Mara Foundation
Muhammad Yunus, Chairman, Yunus Social Business - Global Initiatives

 

7:45 PM -

 9:30 PM


Does Business Back Education? The Role of the Private Sector in Supporting Education

Dinner hosted by The Varkey GEMS Foundation

Session Features:  Off-Site Location  •   Pre-Registration Required


Globally, more than 58 million children are out of school, millions more are in education but not learning, and huge disparities remain between what many children do learn and the skills they need to succeed in life and work. By failing to nurture the talent of young people, poor education systems are holding back economic expansion and productivity. A third of CEOs globally are concerned that this skills shortage will negatively impact their companies’ ability to innovate. Inequalities in educational opportunity also weaken the social and political stability needed for businesses to thrive. Business Backs Education is a global advocacy campaign that encourages businesses to more proactively increase their investment in educational initiatives in areas of greatest need.Launched at the Global Education & Skills Forum 2014 by the Varkey GEMS Foundation—with partners UNESCO and the Coalition for Business Engagement–the program’s primary goal is for businesses to commit at least 20 percent of corporate social responsibility, social impact, or sustainability budget toward educational initiatives by 2020. They are encouraged to achieve this by actively engaging with and supporting the public sector in supporting education outcomes.

Moderator:

Fareed Zakaria, Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN

Participants:

Hugh Grant, Chairman and CEO, Monsanto Company
Tony James, President and COO, Blackstone
Vikas Pota, Chief Executive Officer, Varkey GEMS Foundation, Group Director, Corporate Affairs, GEMS Education
Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson

 

How Higher Education Can Ensure That All Students Are College and Career Ready

Dinner hosted by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Session Features:  Off-Site Location  •   Pre-Registration Required


Nearly 9 out of 10 community college leaders say students arrive unprepared for college-level work, and more than a third of four-year college leaders say the same. Today, more and more higher education leaders are stepping up with solutions to tackle the problem, including promoting the Common Core State Standards which outline the learning goals that each student should have attained by the end of each grade. In fact, no one is better positioned than higher education to help Americans understand that rigorous standards like these are necessary for students to succeed in high school, through college, and into their careers. At this dinner, a panel of thought leaders and practitioners will explore higher educations’ responsibility to partner with K-12 and early learning, define its role over the education cycle, and highlight best practices from cooperative efforts already underway.

Remarks:

Rehema Ellis, Correspondent, NBC News
Muriel Howard, President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Nivine Megahed, President, National Louis University
Gavin Payne, Director, Policy & Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, The State University of New York

 

Partnerships to Scale Sustainability Engagement for the Environment and the Economy

Session Features:  Off-Site Location  •   Pre-Registration Required


Residential energy use has significant repercussions on environment and economic situations locally and globally—for example, today in the United States, $241 billion is spent annually on residential home energy. Between 1999 and 2010, home energy consumption increased by 32 percent, driving up costs dramatically. Simultaneously, private sector wages dropped 7.5 percent between 2008 and 2010. Home energy savings can lower costs by hundreds of dollars while reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment. As a result, local governments and the private sector are finding new and innovative ways to help individuals and families adapt energy efficient retrofits to their homes. This dinner will share best practices in emerging models that use employee energy benefits to further sustainability engagement, and will identify partnerships that can help these models scale in the U.S. and globally.

Participants:

Aimee Christensen, Chief Executive Officer, Christensen Global Strategies, LLC
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of the Republic of Iceland
Amory Lovins, Chairman Emeritus and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
Gerry Mato, Chief Executive Officer, Capital Financing, Americas , HSBC
Dymphna van der Lans, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Climate Initiative